"Knock, Knock! Mrs. Nicholson, you have a new student...and by the way, he doesn't speak any English. Have a nice day. " Familiar scenario?! Regular Ed teachers feel responsible to meet the needs of ALL of their students, but often struggle to know how to help Newcomers follow even the simplest instructions in their first few days. Take a deep breath!
The ELL Newcomer Kit is a collection of research-based strategies and interactive activities that with the help of a buddy, or volunteer, will accelerate your Newcomers' mastery of "school survival English". Organized around six themes - School, Numbers, Colors, Actions, Body Parts, and Simple Phrases - and task suggestions for each component, the Kit is packed with potential!
The Quick Assessment uses components of the kit to determine where Newcomers should begin. Use it throughout the activities to show mastery...a real confidence booster for your students and an accountability piece for the teacher.
The Activities and Tasks page is the KEY to the Kit. It offers a menu of suggestions for the "buddy" to choose to use with the ELL newcomer. Each activity is designed to be fun, interactive, and purposeful.
Once your ELs have mastered the target language, they can take the games home and become the "English teachers" to their family members. They will all thank you for this fun way of learning the language they need!